Bristol and Me: Steve Le Fevre

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This week we speak to broadcaster Steve Le Fevre about his new show on Made in Bristol TV

My previous programme on Made in Bristol TV was a current affairs show called Crunch the Week. The idea behind the new one, The Week with Steve Le Fevre, is to make it more of a talk show, mixing current affairs with entertainment. We’ll go from a hard-hitting interview with the elected mayor through to Andy Ford singing Drink Up Thy Zider – it thrives on that kind of gear change. 

The show goes out live across Made TV’s eight-city network, pulling in guests from around the country. In the first show, for example, we had Kay Mellor (writer of Love, Lies & Records), Fiona Francombe from Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios and Richard Knight, production manager at Screen Yorkshire, talking to us from the Leeds studio. We looked at how television is changing, with regions outside of London doing great work, such as Broadchurch and Poldark being made at Bottle Yard. Having done the breakfast show on Radio Bristol, phone-ins on 5 Live and some of the politics shows here, I’ve got a pretty good contacts book and ins with a lot of movers and shakers able to get the good guests on. It’s a proper network-quality show on a fledgling station beginning to make waves.

I love Bristol. It’s comfortable as an old pair of slippers, but there’s also a lot of very exciting things going on. Bits work beautifully, bits creak a lot, it frustrates as much as it enthrals you, but the spirit of the place is unique; it’s not like any other city I’ve ever lived in. I wish we could get things done quicker – my family laugh when I say things like: “Just nipping down to see how the new road system around the Hippodrome is coming on”. I love the ‘anything can happen’ attitude of the people. There’s a festival every week, the food stalls are open, people are promenading the streets in a way you don’t get in other cities. It’s slightly West Coast, isn’t it? We’re the San Francisco of Britain.

■ The Week with Steve Le Fevre broadcasts at 8pm every Thursday on Made in Bristol TV. Ffi: www.madeinbristol.tv

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